NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019
Kritika Tyagi, 14 Jan 2019, #NEET

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 – As per the latest NEET 2019 eligibility criteria, the upper age limit candidates i.e. the candidates with age 25 or more are eligible to apply and take NEET 2019. Candidates can check below the article for more details. The National Testing Agency (NTA), the regulatory body for NEET 2019 have determined the NEET 2019 eligibility criteria for the first time. Aspirants of NEET 2019 seeking admission to the medical, dental and AYUSH courses at the undergraduate level are advised to check the eligibility criteria of NEET 2019. The prerequisites given here are in accordance with those specified by NTA based on the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997 (amended in 2018). NEET eligibility criteria 2019 will specify the age limit, academic qualifications, nationality and other mandatory requirements which must be met by all the aspirants. NEET 2019 will be held on May 5 in a single shift. Candidates who will not meet NEET 2019 eligibility criteria will become ineligible for the forthcoming sessions of the entrance exam.

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The mode of the NEET medical entrance exam is offline only which implies NEET UG will be a pen and paper exam. The correction window of NEET UG application is now opened which can be used to make necessary changes in the application form. The correction window facility will remain open till January 31.  The NEET 2019 application form was released on November 1 and was available till December 7. Since NEET is the gateway for approximately 65,000 MBBS and 25,000 seats, it is very important for interested candidates to be familiar with the NEET eligibility criteria 2019 before filling the application form. Candidates can check the eligibility criteria of NEET 2019 in this article.

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Status of NEET Upper Age Limit Criteria

The upper age limit criteria has been removed by the Supreme Court, for the time being, which allows candidates to appear for the exam. The final decision of the Supreme Court is still pending and the next hearing is scheduled for the month of January. As per the directive of the Supreme Court, the National Testing Agency has extended the last date of NEET form submission to December 7, 2018 and candidates can pay the fees till December 8, 2018. 

Who is eligible to take NEET 2019?

Candidates who are citizens of India, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs and foreign nationals are eligible to take NEET 2019. Since NEET was made mandatory for candidates who wish to study medicine abroad, therefore, such candidates will be required to fill the NEET 2019 application form. The eligibility criteria of NEET 2019 such as age requirement, educational qualification, and the number of attempts limit can be checked below.

NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria – Quick Facts



Qualifying Exam

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subject in both Classes 11 and 12 from a recognized board.

Minimum Age Requirement

17 years as on December 31, 2019.

Maximum Age Limit*

25 years of age or more for unreserved category candidates and 30 years of age for reserved and PwD category candidates.

Qualifying Marks

UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST - 40%, PWD - 45% (minimum aggregate marks only for PCB subjects)

Maximum Attempts

No limit on the permitted number of attempts.


Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals

*Supreme Court decision is pending on upper age limit; candidates are allowed to take the test

NEET Qualifications and Qualifying Examination Codes

While filling Class 12 academic details in NEET application form 2019, aspirants have to select a code for qualifying examination as mentioned below:

Code 01: Candidates who will take Class 12 board exam in 2019 and the results of such candidates are awaited must submit this code. However, qualifying the exam is mandatory to be eligible for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.

Code 02: The higher/senior secondary examination or Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE) which is equivalent to Class 12 examination after a period of 12 years of study. The last two years of such study comprising of science subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English as a core subject as prescribed by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) after introduction of 10+2+3 educational structure as recommended by National Committee on Education. This code will be applicable for those candidates who have qualified Class 12 in the year 2018 or before and have not pursued any other course after the completion of Class 12.

Code 3: Candidates who have completed Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and also English as a compulsory subject. The course should include the practical test in the science subjects. Candidates whose qualifying examination is equivalent to Class 12 completed from a state board.

Code 4: The Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & English. The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination shall include practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject. 

Code 5: Candidates who are pursuing the three years’ degree course of a recognised University must qualify the first year with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in these subjects provided the examination is a University Examination and candidate should pass the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology with English at a level not less than a core course. 

Code 6: Candidates who have qualified the BSc Examination from an Indian Univeristy with not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Bio-technology and further that s/he has passed the earlier qualifying examination with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. 

Code 7: Any other examination which in scope and standard is equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of an  Indian University/Board, taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in each of these subjects and English. This implies the last two years of study should include Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology and practical tests in these subjects. Candidates who have completed the qualifying examination from a University located in a foreign country are required to fill in this code. The equivalency of the course with Class 12 of Indian Boards will be determined by Association of Indian Universities (AIU). If the marks obtained in the qualifying examination are in grades then the equivalent marks obtained will also be determined by AIU.

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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - Age Requirement

As per the NEET 2019 eligibility criteria, a candidate is required to complete 17 years of age either at the time of admission or else on or before December 31, 2019. The candidates belonging to unreserved category must not be more than 25 years of age to fulfil the NEET eligibility criteria 2019. The reserved category and PwD candidates must not be more than 30 years of age. The upper age limit norm of NEET has been challenged in the Supreme Court and the candidates are allowed to take the exam but no final decision has been taken on the same. CBSE, the conducting body of NEET 2018, had reintroduced the upper age limit criteria of 25 years for the unreserved candidates and 30 years for reserved category candidates but this was later temporarily removed as per the Delhi High Court's verdict on April 26, 2018. As a result, the unreserved category candidates with age more than 25 years were allowed to take the test. However, the age criterion was upheld by the Delhi High Court in the judgment passed on May 11, 2018, and the result for these candidates was not issued.

NEET 2019 Age criteria

S. No.


Minimum Age Criteria

Revised Age Critera


For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR)

Born on or between May 5, 1994 and December 31, 2002

Born on or before December 31, 2002


For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category

Born on or between May 5, 1989 and December 31, 2002

Born on or before December 31, 2002

Qualifying Marks for NEET 2019

  • To fulfil the NEET eligibility criteria 2019, the candidate must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English individually in the qualifying examination

  • Candidates belonging to the unreserved category should score a minimum required percentage of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.

  • Candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) should score a minimum of 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology in aggregate in the qualifying examination.

  • For persons with locomotor disability of lower limbs, a minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH are required in aggregate across Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology.

NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria - Minimum Required Percentage


PCB aggregate marks in qualifying examination





Unreserved- PH


NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria for NRI/Foreign students

In order to be eligible for NEET 2019, it is mandatory for candidates to pass Class 12 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English. The candidates who have completed their education from outside the country must fulfil the NEET eligibility criteria 2019. The last examination passed by these candidates must be equivalent to Class 12 qualification from other countries. Candidates should have Physics, Chemistry, and Biology including practical test in each of these subjects and English in the qualifying examination.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 – Number of Attempts

The cap on the number of attempts was removed for NEET 2018 and is not applicable for NEET 2019 as well. As per the NEET 2019 eligibility criteria, candidates can appear for the entrance exam as many times as they wish provided they fulfil the above-mentioned criteria. Aspirants can appear for NEET 2019 twice in a year for the first time. However, only one attempt is allowed in one session.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - 15% All India Quota seats/Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC and AFMC Colleges

  • Candidates who will qualify NEET 2019 will be considered eligible for 15% All India Quota seats.

  • Candidates belonging to J&K state are not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats except for those candidates who have filled a self-declaration form. The form must be submitted along with the NEET 2019 application form. The submission of self-declaration form implies that a candidate who wishes to participate in the counselling for 15% All India Quota seats simultaneously becomes ineligible for the home state seats. These candidates will be eligible for the seats of Deemed Universities, ESIC and AFMC colleges.

  • The 85% seats of DU and Institutional Quota seats of AMU will be reserved for candidates who have completed Class 10 and 12 from Delhi and AMU respectively.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - 85% State Quota seats

  • The 85% state quota seats as the name suggests includes the 85% seats of the government colleges of the states/union territories. The counselling for such seats will be conducted by the authorities concerned. In order to be eligible for state quota seats, candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria as laid down by each authority of the state/union territory. Some states and union territory will also require of the candidate to prove the domicile.

  • The admission to private colleges will also be subject to the policies of the State/ Union Territory.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - FAQs

Question: I have a gap year between Class 11 and 12. Will I be eligible for NEET 2019?

Answer: Yes, candidates with a gap year will be eligible for NEET 2019. Earlier, MCI made amendments to the “Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997” in which it was specified that a student must undergo continuous two years of study to become eligible to take NEET. However, this amendment was removed by the Delhi High Court and candidates with gap year can appear for NEET 2019 for now. The latest information brochure of NEET also specifies the same.

Question: Are NIOS students eligible for NEET 2019?

Answer: NIOS students are eligible to take NEET 2019 as the clause which barred such students was removed by the High Court of Delhi. However, NTA has stated that eligibility depends on the final verdict of the special leave petitions filed by MCI.

Question: I will complete 25 years of age in March 2019. Will I be eligible for NEET?

Answer:  Yes, you will be eligible to appear for the NEET exam as the candidates who are 25 years or above will now be able to take the exam as the Supreme Cort has directive.

Question: In Class 11 and 12, I had Biology as an additional subject. Does that make me ineligible for NEET 2019? 

Answer: As per NTA, candidates with Biology as an additional subject are eligible for NEET 2019. Although, the final outcome will depend on the verdict of the special leave petitions filed by MCI. This clause was introduced by MCI for NEET 2018 but was overruled by the Delhi High Court which means that the students with Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject in Class 11 and 12 are eligible for NEET 2019. 

Question: Will NTA consider my Class 12 marks for NEET 2019?

Answer: Candidates will be required to score the minimum required percentage to become eligible for NEET 2019. It must be noted that the minimum required percentage in Class 12 will only make candidates eligible to appear for NEET 2019 but not assure qualification in the exam.

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